Staff reporter

THE suspected treasurer for the Al Qaeda terrorist network's operation in Spain, Ahmed Brahim, who spent most of his time living and apparently operating in Majorca, is to remain in jail. Ahmed Brahim was arrested nearly one year ago in Barcelona and yesterday the appeal lodged by his Majorcan lawyer, asking for his client to be released, was rejected. The appeal court ruled that Ahmed Brahim's constitutional rights have not been infringed by being kept in jail.
Ahmed Brahim was arrested last April by Spanish police, he is suspected of being involved with financing the terrorist attacks on the United States embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998. Ahmed Brahim, an Algerian, lived in a penthouse flat along the Paseo Maritimo for 14 years and also ran a yachting business. Anti-terrorist sources maintain that Mandhu Mandhu Salim, alias Abu Hajer, the man the United States consider the financial head of Bin Laden's terrorist organisation, once stayed with Brahim in Palma. Abu Hajer is currently in jail in the United States.
According to Brahim's lawyer, the United States have withdrawn the terrorism charges against Salim and that he is serving a life sentence for the attempted murder of a prison warden. “That means,” Brahim's lawyer said yesterday “that while Salim is no longer charged with terrorist activities, my client remains in jail, his only crime having put Salim up in his home for just one night.” Brahim's lawyer intends to now take his client's case to the Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg where he intends to apply for his client's immediate release.


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